Grains?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by XLRAE, Oct 2, 2007.

  1. XLRAE

    XLRAE New Member

    6
    0
    0
    Why are bullet weight and powder weight measured in grains?
     
  2. 1984cj

    1984cj New Member

    296
    0
    0
    I don't know! My guess is that it is a very fine measurement to allow greater control over the weights of charges and bullets. 7000 grains to the pound.

    Since you are in the Black powder section I will also note that in the BP world, Bullet weights are in grains but POWDER IS IN VOLUME!
    This a is very important distinction. Black powder charges are measured in volumetric measure and not on a scale. Loading BP by weight could lead to unfortunate consequences.

    So ....
    Smokeless powder by weight
    Black Powder by volume.
     

  3. rickrem700

    rickrem700 New Member

    225
    0
    0
    Grains

    Yes you don't want to confuse those two!!!
     
  4. Catfish

    Catfish Member

    514
    0
    16
    If your interested, 1 gn. is the average weight of 1 grain of wheat. I you weight out 1 lb. of wheat and could the grains there should be 7,000 of them. :rolleyes: If you don`t have anything to do give it a try and let me know how close it works out. :D
     
  5. 1984cj

    1984cj New Member

    296
    0
    0
    Cool! I didn't know that.
    Thanks
     
  6. Unkown Soldier

    Unkown Soldier New Member

    15
    0
    0
    Both powder and lead are sold in pound lots.
    Like is stated above there are 7000 grains in a pound.

    The bigger the ball caliper, the less balls or powder per pound.

    Thats why most poorboys are 40 cal. To get the most out of a pound, and still have the power to knock down a deer.